Happy New Year!

Hi folks!

A quick post today to say Hello to new friends and Welcome Back to all our ‘spore’ters throughout the seasons — may you find growth, positivity, and renewal in all aspects of your lives this year.

As fungi assist all life in cycles of regeneration, it is only fitting that you find your relationship with mushrooms changing, adapting, and deepening in 2022. We certainly are — keep in touch to make sure you hear the latest and greatest!

Thinking of you with warmth and affection in this chilly part of the year!


Fresh at Primes!

Hey folks!

Primes Market in Marshalltown is restocked with fresh, delicious and healthful oyster mushrooms for all your favourite summer ‘shroom dishes!

Don’t forget mushrooms for the grill (a basket does the trick!), summer veggie stir-fries, sunny brunches, and the occasional thunderstorm mushroom chowders and soups! Add umami to your gravies, ramp up that Friday pizza dinner, or make a lush meal out of some simple garlicky & herb sautéed mushrooms on a nice piece of artisanal toast!

Now at Primes Market!

Hey folks!

Head over to Primes Market in Marshalltown (Digby-adjacent!) to pick up your super delicious and healthful Fresh Oyster Mushrooms!

Grown locally by your good friends here at Fundy Spores, these are the hearty, versatile, and awesomely tasty mushrooms you deserve!

An excellent addition to your summer stir-fries, they go with all shapes, sizes and sauces for pasta, are stellar in a breakfast scramble, and come out beautifully when grilled in a basket on the BBQ!

While you’re there, don’t miss out on picking up local produce from other neighbourly farms – get that extra boost with some Sissiboo Organics Sprouts!

Primes Market in Marshalltown

Gorgeous Oyster Mushrooms!

We are the Champignons!

Ahoy and Allo!

GREAT NEWS! We will be at the Belliveau Cove Farmer’s Market for Opening Weekend this Saturday May 29th, from 10am-2pm!

Enjoy the open-air seaside market and come on by to re-stock your supply of health-promoting mushroom tinctures made from all-local ingredients and small-batch crafted using a dual-extraction process.

Turkey Tail, Reishi, and Lion’s Mane tinctures are IN STOCK and available directly from us (Contact us for shipping options) and at various locations throughout the season. Follow on social media to get the latest on when and where to find us!

And even though we’ve been enjoying some long, beautiful days this spring, it wouldn’t be life on the coast without some rainy days peppered in — look no further for a convenient and customizable comfort-food classic!

The image demonstrates two jars of Fundy Spores Mushroom, Lentil and Barley Soup Mix with a punnit of fresh Oyster mushrooms.
Last summer’s bounty serves some saved-up sunshine to this spring’s showers!

Experience our deeply flavourful, nutritious Blue Oyster mushrooms in Fundy Spores’ Mushroom, Lentil and Barley Soup. Featuring the rich umami of the homegrown mushrooms you’ve grown to love, this mix conveniently collects the fundamentals of a hearty, plant-powered meal — you can choose to keep it simple or get creative to suit your home’s tastes.

New in 2021! Coming to a location near you!

Ahoy, Friends!

It’s been a beautiful spring out here on the East Coast, with the occasional surprise storm (mid-day thunderclaps and drizzle in the bright sunlight!), and we are beginning the 2021 market season with big changes!

Some shifts in the operations of the Annapolis Royal Farmers Market have prompted us to strike out and explore the world beyond!

Now you can look forward to getting Fresh, Locally-Cultivated, Delicious and Health-Promoting Mushrooms, Tinctures, and other Fundy Spores treasures (soups! bandanas!) at a variety of times and locations throughout the season.

We invite you to follow us on social media to get the latest info each week on where to get your fungi fill!

(Oh and by the way — we’ve got some cool new things planned for this year’s harvest schedule, so start dreaming up mushroomy summer menus!)

See you soon!

. the folks at Fundy Spores

An image of jelly and cap-and-stem mushrooms
Tiny garden fungi make a brave start in the first week of May!

We are fungi, hear us ROAR! Lion’s Mane Tincture Now Available!

Hey folks!

The end of the 2020 Summer Market season is upon us already! May as well go out with a bang, right?

Just in time to celebrate the Autumn’s bounty, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our NEW Lion’s Mane tincture, made with homegrown health-promoting mushrooms!

As some of you may already know, Lion’s Mane (and its near-identical relatives in the family Hericium spp.) mushrooms have many applications in traditional medicines.  

Historically remarked for benefits relating to mental function, memory, clarity, and meditation, these fungi are currently being investigated for the ways they may influence brain health through neuroprotection and neurogenesis (see select citations below for a taste of the research).

Although it’s part of the local ecology in this neck of the woods, one of the only times we’ve found the Bear’s Head growing in the wild was about five years ago!

Endeavoring as always to make the power and potency of mushrooms more available to our community, we wanted to bring Hericium species to the people. Following the success of our cultivation trials in 2019-2020, we are now happy to offer dual-extracted Lion’s Mane tincture in a 50ml bottle.

Tinctures are a great way to preserve and make daily use of these mushrooms year-round as part of your holistic health practice. For more info, click over to our page on Mushrooms for Health.

For fresh, locally-grown Oyster Mushrooms, dual-extracted Chaga (while supplies last!), Turkey Tail, Reishi, and Lion’s Mane mushroom tinctures, and our delicious Rainy Day Soup Mix, visit us at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday!

Where: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

When: Saturday, October 10 2020, 9am-1pm (Rain or Shine)

Please note that this is likely to be our last public market of the year. If you wish to purchase Fundy Spores products throughout the off-season, including for holiday gifts or seasonal meals, Contact Us directly to learn about shipping options.

Depicts the Fundy Spores table at the Farmers Market

Further Reading on Lion’s Mane:

Lion’s mane may be our first “smart” mushroom. It is a safe, edible fungus that appears to confer cognitive benefits on our aging population.”

Stamets, Paul. Lion’s Mane: A Mushroom That Improves Your Memory and Mood? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mushroom-memory_b_1725583

“A new neuroprotective strategy, like an oral administration of a biomass Hericium biomass preparation given for 3 month, as done in our recent study [4] can represent a therapeutic target to minimize the deleterious effects related to oxidative burden, such as that occurring in brain aging and in neurodegenerative disorders.”

Trovato Salinaro, A., Pennisi, M., Di Paola, R. et al. Neuroinflammation and neurohormesis in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer-linked pathologies: modulation by nutritional mushrooms. Immun Ageing 15, 8 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12979-017-0108-1

“The results obtained in this study suggest that Yamabushitake [Fundy Spores blog editor note: this is the name for Lion’s Mane in Japanese] is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment”.

Mori K, Inatomi S, Ouchi K, Azumi Y, Tuchida T. Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Phytother Res. 2009 Mar;23(3):367-72. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2634. PMID: 18844328.

The World is Your Oyster (Mushroom)

Hey Folks!

Harvest Alert! Blue and Golden Oyster mushrooms will be available at the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this Saturday, Sept 12: don’t miss out!

If you’re coming in from out of town, or maybe this is one of your last weekends here before heading ‘back to “away”‘, or perhaps you’re getting the pantry stocked up for a rainy day, consider picking up some extras: perfect for dehydrating* or cooking into that favorite hearty soup or stew you’re canning!

Now’s also a good time to check out our selection of health-promoting mushroom tinctures for symptom-targeted or maintenance use: please note Chaga tinctures are in limited supply, and will not be restocked (read about our commitment to sustainable wildcrafting here). We are working on a new addition to the tincture line-up to support you in your health journey, so stay connected to make sure you get all the info when that becomes available!

See you at the Market!

*(oh! that mushroom-soaking water makes food so delicious! dehydrate at 125 degrees F until ‘cracker-crisp’)

We Never Left! (It’s 2020?!)

Hey Folks!

So it’s been a while since we updated this page, but rest assured — we never left! Our mushrooming passion hasn’t waned, in fact, we’ve been ever-improving our cultivation process and updating the scope and range of our product offerings.

If having braved the outside world and visited the Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market this summer, you’ve hopefully already had the chance to enjoy some of our fresh home-grown Oyster Mushrooms! These delicious and beneficial mushrooms are lovingly cultivated by us, for you, and we’re getting lots of positive feedback from the local crowd.

This week, we’re adding a new selection to the table — Fundy Spores Mushroom, Lentil, & Barley Soup Mix!

The image demonstrates two jars of Fundy Spores Mushroom, Lentil and Barley Soup Mix with a punnit of fresh Oyster mushrooms.
Mushrooms for the cupboard, and mushrooms for tonight!

We’ll give you our Cooking Instructions when you pick up a jar, but if you’re back here because you lost them(!), or for any reason you’d prefer to read them off your digital device, we’ve got you covered — head over to this page for an archived copy.

It’s been a beautiful summer so far, and while the heat is on, it hasn’t been too dry for the local cast of wild fungi characters to start emerging! Hemlock reishi (medicine!) meadow mushrooms (tasty!) and mica caps (cute and ephemeral!) have shown up, and rumours are circulating of chanterelles elsewhere in the province…keep your eyes open and you’re bound to spot a mushroom (or a lichen, a slime mould, or maybe a SCOBY!) somewhere in your world today.

Walk on the Wild Side with Fundy Spores!

Hello all!
Summer in Nova Scotia — what could be better? It’s time for us to get out there and see what kinds of fantastic fungi are popping up, providing food, habitat, medicine, and ecological regeneration in our nearby wild spaces.
For folks who live in and around Lunenburg, we’d love to have you come along for a mushroom walk this coming Sunday, August 26. We’ll be walking the Indian Path Common, starting at 1pm (please arrive at least a few minutes early so we can make sure the group is assembled and ready to go for 1).
We’ll meet at the trailhead at :
395 Fish Peddler Rd
Indian Path, NS
As our walks are intended to inspire & inform, we won’t be actively wildcrafting mushrooms on this outing; however, we do suggest you bring a camera or phone to take home pictures of the neat species we encounter! Some folks also like to have a notebook, magnifiying glass, or other observational tools with them. Please be sure to dress comfortably, and for the weather. Unless it’s an absolute torrential downpour that would make talking while walking impossible, we’ll still go!
To register, please contact us no later than Friday to arrange payment ($35 per person, kids under 13 welcome to attend at no extra cost, if supervised). Folks who will be in the Annapolis Royal area this week are also welcome to register in person at our table on Wednesday (10am-2pm) or Saturday (8am-1pm) at the Annapolis Royal Farmers & Traders Market.